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Millions of people in urgent need of food and humanitarian assistance

Diakonia is on the ground in Mali and Burkina Faso, where the extreme drought has caused an acute food shortage in several areas. Our local partner organizations are in both countries, distributing food.


The lack of rain has led to depleted water levels, which has in turn resulted in poor harvests and increased food prices. This is the cause of the acute food shortage that is currently threatening millions of people in several countries in Africa.
“I’m most concerned about Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Mauritius. In Burkina Faso, for example, the number of people who lack food security has almost tripled since last year,” says Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General of UNOCHA.

Diakonia, which has country offices in both Mali and Burkina Faso, is now responding with humanitarian initiatives to support vulnerable people in areas that are not normally reached by humanitarian assistance. Work has just started and will focus on distributing food to vulnerable households and special food support to children. We will also provide feed for livestock and support activities to strengthen the population’s ability to cope with future challenges, for example by building dams.

This article will be updated regularly with information about the acute situation.